Oyster women celebrate 2012 Equator Award
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
The Try Oyster Women Association (TOWA) Saturday celebrated the 2012 Equator Award at their office in Old Jeshwang. The celebration commenced with a march past from Westfield junction to the Try Oyster Women Association centre in Old Jeshwang.
Prize is an initiative under the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP),
in which out of 800 competitive applicants from around the world, TOWA stood
out as one of the 25 top community-based organisations using local solutions to
create a sustainable balance between people and their natural environments. The
award ceremony was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June.
In her welcoming remarks, Maria DaCosta, a board member of TOWA expressed gratitude and appreciations to their partners who worked tirelessly to see to it that the association’s goal is achieved. She said the association is well prepared for next year’s competition in which they aim to be among the first 10 winners. “In making that, teamwork always plays a vital role so that they can be awarded as the best winners of next year,” she added.
the UNDP representative, Izumi Morota -Alakija, the deputy resident
representative of UNDP, described the event as important and historic. She
explained that the Equator initiative brings together the United Nations,
governments, civil society, businesses and grassroots organisations to
recognise and advance local sustainable development solutions for people,
nature and resilient communities.
Morota-Alakija recalled that, in 2011, the UNDP administered Global Environment Facility – Small Grants Programme (GEF-SGP) for the Gambia supported the efforts of Try Oyster Women Association in the conservation and sustainable management of the Mangrove Ecosystem of the Tanbi Wetland Reserve and surrounding communities. “Let me assure you that, UNDP is aware of the efforts of TRY Oyster in the national drive towards food self-sufficiency, environmental protection and the empowerment of women in particular as key areas of UNDP’s mandate,” she added.
For her part, Fatou Janha, the coordinator of TOWA, thanked the Almighty Allah for the achievement, while commending her fellows for the hard work and determination, which led them to the celebration of what she called a remarkable day for the association. Janha also commended UNDP for its continuous support and dedication. She also thanked the government of The Gambia and most especially President Jammeh for his support.
Author: Fatoumata Ceesay